Carla Zampatti – Doyenne of Australian Fashion Designers


Iconic Fashion & Style at VAMFF

After 50 years in fashion design, Carla Zampatti showcased her latest collection in a tribute parade, the Grand Showcase, at VAMFF last week. It’s easy to see why her eponymous label is a  household name in this country. Her luminous designs wowed fashion goers in an extensive display of around 80 different outfits. Every piece in her large collection radiated quality, high end fashion and style.

Dami Im accompanied the showcase on vocals and grand piano. From high above the runway, almost in the rafters of the Exhibition Building, Dami performed alongside a virtuoso violinist and an electronic musician.

Carla Zampatti Fashion & Style Runway at VAMFF 2019

On the runway down below them, the Zampatti brand, synonymous with high fashion style, exhibited all the design hallmarks sought after by today’s fashion conscious women. Fashion goers seemed to be transfixed. Many spoke of wanting to purchasing their favourite pieces. Fringing, animal prints, silks, knits and sequins. Day wear, capes, coats, pants, suits and evening wear.  No wonder it was billed as “the biggest showcase of her career”.  That billing is not simply referring to the size of Zampatti’s latest collection.  It’s about the range of her different types of outfits.  With her finger still firmly on the pulse after fifty years of designing, Zampatti’s latest range is itself a tribute to Australian fashion.

At the end, a standing ovation, flowers and a wave. Australia’s doyenne of fashion and style, too modest to walk the full runway to acknowledge the applause, appeared briefly to accept a bouquet from festival director Graeme Lewsey and then she was gone.

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To see more of Carla Zampatti’s latest collection, head over to her website.

Photos: Dimitra Koriozos


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